by Michael Silke

BUCCANEERS – as they did last season – kick off the forthcoming Ulster Bank League with a trip to Belfast; where they face Malone at Gibson Park in the opening round on Saturday, September 13th. Buccs first home game heralds the visit of relegated Garryowen to Dubarry Park on the following Saturday. September will be a challenging month for the midlanders with their third match is a trip to Shannon on the 27th.

Indeed Division 1B will be highly competitive this season with 9 times AIL champions Shannon joined by 3 times winners Garryowen. Coincidentally both legendary clubs were founded in 1884 and they are not accustomed to playing below the premier division. U.L.Bohemian too will provide another tough Limerick hurdle to overcome. Up north, Ballymena have made a swift return up to Division 1B where two Belfast clubs Malone and Belfast Harlequins will also be competitive.

Connacht will have its own mini-league too. Last season Corinthians and Buccaneers were neck and neck all season in the race for the play-off position (with the Pirates lasting the pace better to clinch that spot) while Galwegians, who cantered to promotion from Division 2A, will add spice in this corner of the UBL. The tenth club, Dublin University, is the sole Leinster representative in 1B. Trinity had a disappointing campaign last season after just missing out on promotion to the top flight the previous year but the Students can easily bounce back.

Tony Dolan will be hoping that his charges hit the ground running for what will also be a protracted season, extending from September 13th until at least April 11th. The vast majority of last season’s squad have re-signed. It is still a fairly youthful panel, but a year older, wiser and stronger so, hopefully, Buccs will be there or thereabouts again provided they work hard, maintain their focus and are not unlucky through injuries.

Meanwhile, training is stepping up and all adult players should be back full tilt now on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Ulster Bank League Division 1B fixtures 2014/15:-

2014
Sep. 13 Malone (A)
Sep. 20 Garryowen (H)
Sep. 27 Shannon (A)
Oct. 4 Galwegians (H)
Oct. 31 Galway Corinthians (H) Friday
Nov. 8 Belfast Harlequins (A)
Nov. 15 Dublin University (H)
Nov. 22` U.L.Bohemian (A)
Dec. 6 Ballymena (H)
Dec. 20 Malone (H)
2015
Jan. 3 Garryowen (A)
Jan. 10 Shannon (H)
Jan. 30 Galwegians (A) Friday
Feb. 20 Galway Corinthians (A) Friday
Feb. 28 Belfast Harlequins (H)
Mar. 7 Dublin University (A)
Mar. 28 U.L.Bohemian (H)
Apr. 11 Ballymena (A)

BARNA BIRDIES WIN GOLF CLASSIC

BUCCANEERS ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club was blessed with glorious sunshine and some hot scoring to match the weather. Three teams finished on a splendid score of 99 points and it took count-backs to sort out the prize-winners. BARNA BIRDIES pipped MOATE GOLF CLUB to the top spot by virtue of better scoring on the last six holes. Moate in turn edged last year’s runners-up (and winners for the previous two classics) GANLY’S with a better final nine. It was that tight at the top!

Buccaneers President Ray Fagan thanked all the teams and players who participated and congratulated the various prize-winners. He complimented the Glasson Golf Club for the wonderful quality of the course and the catering on the day. He was extremely grateful to the Tee and Hole sponsors and thanked all who helped on the day, from registering the entries to marking balls. In particular, Ray lauded the endeavours of Geraldine Kenny, Paddy Cooney, Eamonn Fagan and Eddie Walsh.

Prize-winners:-

1st BARNA BIRDIES John Ward, Kevin Heery, Micheal O’Cinneide, Michael Mylohan

2nd MOATE GOLF CLUB John Kelly, Billy Coughlan, John Mullally, Louis Cunningham

3rd GANLY’S Michael Ganly, Martin Flynn, Malachy Buckley, Gerry Duignan

Longest Drive (Male) LOUIS CUNNINGHAM
Longest Drive (Female) MARY McCULLAGH

Nearest the Pin (Male) BRIAN CLAFFEY
Nearest the Pin (Female) LOYOLA LOWRY

BON VOYAGE

One familiar supporter will be missing from Buccaneers matches this season and, with no game “down south” again this year, Fr. John O’Brien, OFM Cap., won’t have a convenient opportunity to cheer on the Pirates. However, we wish him all the best following his recent transfer to Cork.

TAG EVENT ON SATURDAY

A one day TAG RUGBY tournament takes place in Dubarry Park on Saturday next. Normal Tag rugby rules apply. Mixed squads of 13 players are welcome and 3 females must be on the pitch at all times during matches. As our Administrator Geraldine is on annual leave this week, please contact Yvonne O’Shea at 0860488090 to enter or for further information on this event.

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